Sometimes it’s best to keep things simple. Because when it comes to mountain bikes, ‘more complicated’ doesn’t always equate to more fun on the trail. In the case of the new Vice trail bike, Focus has made a concerted effort to deliver a full suspension bike that is free of clutter, and free of the gadgets and gizmos that can send a bike’s price tag in to the stratosphere. Instead, they applied a simple and proven single-pivot suspension design with modern, kicked-back geometry into a strong and stiff alloy frame. The result is a playful, agile and fun mountain bike that’s all about letting it hang out on the trail. Want a lightweight race bike? Then consider the Focus Spine or O1E models. Want bigger travel for racing enduro and shuttling downhill trails? Then the Focus SAM will float your boat. But for riding rough, technical singletrack and having a blast while you’re doing it, the Focus Vice comes with everything you need, and nothing you don’t.
For the most part, the Vice is based upon a similar recipe to the Focus JAM. However, Focus has stripped things back a bit with a single-pivot swingarm that features just one bearing for the whole back end. An adjustable air shock allows you to add or release air pressure to suit your weight and riding style, while a 120mm travel fork delivers smooth suspension performance up front. Despite coming in at a cheaper price point to the JAM and not being as lightweight, the Vice claims to offer much of the same capability on rough terrain. It’s got 12mm diameter thru-axles front and back, and it features a dropper seatpost that allows you to squash the saddle out of the way at the flick of a button on the handlebar. Other modern features include a SRAM 1x drivetrain and powerful hydraulic disc brakes. Whichever model you choose, the Focus Vice delivers plenty of smile-inducing fun for those folks who just want to ride.
Drive trainSRAM NX
Gear ratios1x11 Mountain
Frame buildAlloy Mid